Our Philosophy

Giving Back.

Creating a culture of giving means more than the sharing of funds. To effect lasting, positive change, we must also take action and give of ourselves. That is how we will inform and inspire a legacy that passes from one generation to the next.

Whether the need calls for extra time, ideas, project materials or personal connections, we strive to fully support every effort we embrace to make a greater Chicago.

 

case studies

Bunker Labs

Building the Entrepreneurial Dream for U.S. Veterans

When Skender Foundation discovered that Bunker Labs helped veterans build businesses, they unlocked funding to build Bunker Labs’ new office at 1871. 

Urban Initiatives

Strengthening Communities and Character Through Sport

The Builders’ Board partnered with Urban Initiatives for their annual Harvesting Hope event and helped raise funds for programming throughout Chicago. 

 

Almost Home Kids

Giving Health and Comfort Between Hospital and Home

Every year, Skender Foundation and the Builders’ Board partners with Almost Home Kids and delivers gifts to children with medical needs. 

Foundations of Music

Dreaming of Music for Every Child 

The Builders’ Board and over 350 attendees at Harvesting Hope joined forces to support music education in over 30 Chicago Public Schools. 
 

 

Volunteer Chair

Belinda Moore

Belinda is responsible for seeking out volunteering opportunities for members and friends of Skender Foundation.

“Volunteering opportunities have always been an honor and the experiences I’ve had with Skender Foundation have provided me with many ‘Aha!’ moments. When I look into the eyes of those I am giving to, I can see their heartfelt appreciation and at that moment, I realize I have received so much more from them than they could ever receive from me.” 

A Safe Haven Foundation

A SILVER LINING FOUNDATION

ACE CHICAGO MENTOR PROGRAM

ACCION CHICAGO

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN RED CROSS

ANN & ROBERT H. LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO FOUNDATION

Arbor view elementary school parent-teacher council

arts refreshing the soul

ASPIRE

BACK ON MY FEET

bear necessities

bears care

bernie's book bank

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

BOX IT FOUNDATION

BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE

bridges from school to work

BUNKER LABS

c diff foundation

CASA CENTRAL

CATHOLIC EXTENSION

CBRE FOUNDATION

center for community arts partnerships

center for enriched living

chicago architecture foundation

chicago artists coalition

chicago cares

chicago charity clays

CHICAGO LATIN AMERICAN SOCCER ASSOCIATION

CHICAGO OFFICE LEASING BROKERS ASSOCIATION

CHICAGO SCHOLARS

chicagoland entrepreneurial center

CHILDREN at THE CROSSROADS foundation

chinese mutual aid association

citizen schools illinois

CITY OF HOPE

CREW NETWORK FOUNDATION

COMMON THREADS

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF CHICAGO

COMMUNITY HOUSING ADVOCACY AND DEVELOPMENT

CORPORATION FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

COUNCIL FOR ADULT AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

CRYSTAL LAKE WIZARDS WRESTLING

CSH HOUSING

CYCLE FOR SURVIVAL

DEBORAH'S PLACE

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

DESIGN INDUSTRIES FOUNDATION FIGHTING AIDS CHICAGO

DISTRICT 39 EDUCATION FOUNDATION

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

EAST VILLAGE YOUTH PROGRAM

EASTERSEALS

EDGE ALLIANCE

edward foundation

ELDERLY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS CORPORATION

embarc chicago

erie family health center

EVERY MOTHER COUNTS

FIDELITY CHARITABLE GIFT FUND

foundations of music

FOREST PRESERVE FOUNDATION

FRIENDS OF PRENTICE

FRIENDS OF THE CHICAGO RIVER

GENEVA FOUNDATION

genesys works chicago

GEORGE LOCKERBIE LIVER CANCER FOUNDATION

GIRL SCOUTS of greater chicago and northwest indiana

GIRLS IN THE GAME

GLENWOOD ACADEMY

GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY

hazleton integration project

heartland alliance

hfs chicago scholars

hobart youth soccer club

housing opportunities for women

ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS

illinois network of charter schools

INNER CITY IMPACT

IVY LEAGUE

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

KOHL'S CHILDREN'S MUSEUM

LA CASA NORTE

LADDER UP

LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

LINCOLN PARK ZOO

LITTLE CITY FOUNDATION

LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION 

LYMPHOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION

MERCY HOUSING LAKEFRONT

MIAMI VALLEY DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

MIDTOWN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

MISERICORDIA

MOUNT ALVERNA VILLAGE

MR. DAVID’S FLOORING CHARITY FOUNDATION

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION 

 

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS DUPAGE COUNTY

national psoriasis foundation

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING SERVICES chicago

NEW HORIZON CENTER

NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

northwestern settlement

opera-matic

opportunity knocks

ORCHARD VILLAGE

ORDER OF SAINT FRANCIS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

OVER THE RAINBOW ASSOCIATION

palos 118 educational foundation

ravinia festival

reading in motion

RESTORATION MINISTRIES, INC.

RETT SYNDROME ASSOCIATION

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY

ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

sga youth and family services

SHEDD AQUARIUM

snow city arts

SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGEs

special olympics illinois

st. cecilia's golf tournament

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH

ST. JUDE HOUSE INC.

st. pius V parish

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY

THE BROKEN HEART FOUNDATIOn

the cara program

THE CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO

THE CENTER FOR ENRICHED LIVING

THE CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

THE FIELD MUSEUM

THE ILLINOIS YMCA YOUTH

THE JOHN BUCK COMPANY FOUNDATION

THE LEGACY GUILD

THE LIV FOR A CURE FOUNDATION

the posse foundation

the university of iowa

UNITED WAY of metropolitan chicago

URBAN INITIATIVES

vocel, viewing our children as emerging leaders

WESTCHESTER BASEBALL, INC.

YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CHARTER SCHOOL OF CHICAGO

ZACCONE FAMILY FOUNDATION